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France jails scientist

Published: Friday May 4, 2012 | 1:38 pm Comments 0

A French court has sentenced a scientist at the prestigious Cern laboratory to five years in prison for plotting terrorist attacks.

Adlene Hicheur was arrested in 2009, after police intercepted his emails to an alleged contact in al-Qaeda.

The emails suggested Algerian-born Hicheur was willing to be part of an active terrorist unit, attacking targets in France.

Defence lawyers argued that their client had never been part of a plot.

Hicheur has already spent two and a half years in jail while awaiting trial.

He came under suspicion when threatening messages were sent to President Nicholas Sarkozy in early 2008.

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